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  • Civil Warby Peter Ackroyd

    Pan Macmillan 2014; US$ 16.99

    The third volume of Peter Ackroyd's magisterial six-part History of England, taking readers from the accession of the first Stuart king, James I, to the overthrow of his grandson, James II more...

  • Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolutionby Peter Ackroyd

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 30.99

    Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ending with the deposition and flight... more...

  • Charlie Chaplinby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 25.95

    A brief yet definitive new biography of one of film's greatest legends: perfect for readers who want to know more about the iconic star but who don't want to commit to a lengthy work. He was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognizable of Hollywood faces, even a hundred years after his first film. But what of the... more...

  • The Clerkenwell Talesby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2005; US$ 13.95

    From the foremost contemporary chronicler of London?s history, a suspenseful novel that ingeniously draws on Chaucer?s The Canterbury Tales to recreate the city?s 14th century religious and political intrigues. London, 1399. Sister Clarice, a nun born below Clerkenwell convent, is predicting the death of King Richard II and the demise of... more...

  • The Lambs of Londonby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.95

    From the author of Chatterton and Shakespeare: A Biography comes a gripping novel set in London that re-imagines an infamous 19th-century Shakespeare forgery. Charles and Mary Lamb, who will in time achieve lasting fame as the authors of Tales from Shakespeare for Children , are still living at home, caring for their dotty and maddening parents.... more...

  • Newtonby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 21.95

    When Newton was not yet twenty-five years old, he formulated calculus, hit upon the idea of gravity, and discovered that white light was made up of all the colors of the spectrum. By 1678, Newton designed a telescope to study the movement of the planets and published Principia , a milestone in the history of science, which set forth his famous laws... more...

  • The Plato Papersby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    From the imagination of one of the most brilliant writers of our time and bestselling author of The Life of Thomas More , a novel that playfully imagines how the "modern" era might appear to a thinker seventeen centuries hence. At the turn of the 38th century, London's greatest orator, Plato, is known for his lectures on the long, tumultuous history... more...

  • Albionby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 19.95

    With his characteristic enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an inspired look into the heart and the history of the English imagination. To tell the story of its evolution, Ackroyd ranges across literature and painting, philosophy and science, architecture and music, from Anglo-Saxon times to the... more...

  • Chaucerby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 19.95

    In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet?s works. Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was taken... more...

  • J.M.W. Turnerby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 21.95

    In this second volume in the Ackroyd?s Brief Lives series, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brings us a man of humble beginnings, crude manners, and prodigious talents, the nineteenth-century painter J. M. W. Turner. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. His father was a barber, and his mother came from a family of London butchers.... more...